Building Better Communities

West Hants Strategic Plan

I am pleased to be starting a contract with LGP Strategies Ltd. – an economic development group based in Montreal – and TEAL Architects Ltd. on the development of a strategic plan for the Municipality of West Hants.

http://www.strategieslgp.com/en

 

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Main Street Age Friendly Community Plan Released

Dartmouth’s Main Street District (the “Village on Main”) has released its Age Friendly Community Plan.  This is the first AFC Plan to be adopted in Halifax Regional Municipality.  The following observations are made:

  • The issues with an aging population are the same be it a rural community, town, or urban community.  These include (1) the Built Environment (2) Transportation (3) Housing (4) Social Connectivity (5) Health and Community Support (6) Silver Economy.
  • It is important to include a range of stakeholders in the planning process.  In Main Street, local churches, health and mental health professionals, Dartmouth General Hospital, a seniors group and 3 levels of government were represented.
  • The process of age friendly community planning, and the implementation of an AFC Plan once adopted, needs to be community driven.  When a range of stakeholders are brought together, then community-based solutions are usually found (i.e. there are few ‘asks’ of government).
  • A municipality or community-based group, like the Main Street Community Improvement District, needs to steer implementation of the Plan, assisted by the creation of an “Age Friendly Action Team”.

 

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Main Street, Dartmouth, Will Be HRM’s First Age Friendly Community

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The Transformation of CMHC

This insightful article explains the transformation underway with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.  High housing prices? “The most familiar reasons are low interest rates, booming big-city economies, immigration, foreign and domestic speculation, and not-in-my-backyard rules that restrict supply. Less discussed is the role of CMHC and the many federal and provincial tax incentives that tempt Canadians to buy homes instead of renting them.”

Inside the taming of CMHC

 

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Dealing With NIMBY

It is time for Halifax Regional Municipality to dust of a 2009 document prepared by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Canadian Housing and Renewal Association and Canadian Homebuilder’s Association.  The report is entitled “Housing in My Backyard” – A Municipal Guide for Responding to NIMBY.

https://fcm.ca/Documents/tools/ACT/Housing_In_My_Backyard_A_Municipal_Guide_For_Responding_To_NIMBY_EN.pdf

 

 

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